Sunday, May 22

Boxe : Tony Yoka futur challenger d’Oleksandr Usyk ?

Tony Yoka could become the official challenger to current world boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk. Here’s why.

While his fight against Martin Bakole, scheduled for January 15 in Bercy, has been postponed because of the gauge set up as a health precaution, the French boxer may have another opponent in the person of Filip Hrgovic.

In a video posted Tuesday, the Croatian boxer (14 wins) challenged Tony Yoka by asking him to sign a contract for an IBF semi-final. “Sign the contract, let’s do this fight,” he said after seeing Joseph Parker and Luiz Ortiz refuse to face him.

A reunion between Yoka and Hrgovic?

The IBF therefore proposed to Tony Yoka to face Filip Hrgovic for this semi-final which should make it possible to appoint the official challenger to Oleksandr Usyk, IBF world champion (but also WBO and WBA) after beating Anthony Joshua in September. last. The two men must also meet in April for the revenge.

A godsend for the Parisian (29), undefeated (11 wins), who dreams of a world chance. He has until Monday to give his answer.

Note that Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic know each other well since they crossed paths in the quarter-finals of the Amateur World Championship in 2015 and in the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympics. Both times, the French won.

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